Alexander Herzen

Died aged c. 58

Alexander Ivanovich Herzen (Russian: Алекса́ндр Ива́нович Ге́рцен, romanized: Alexándr Ivánovich Gértsen; 6 April [O.S. 25 March] 1812 – 21 January [O.S. 9 January] 1870) was a Russian writer and thinker known as the "father of Russian socialism" and one of the main fathers of agrarian populism (being an ideological ancestor of the Narodniki, Socialist-Revolutionaries, Trudoviks and the agrarian American Populist Party). With his writings, many composed while exiled in London, he attempted to influence the situation in Russia, contributing to a political climate that led to the emancipation of the serfs in 1861. He published the important social novel Who is to Blame? (1845–46). His autobiography, My Past and Thoughts (written 1852–1870), is often considered one of the best examples of that genre in Russian literature.

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Commemorated on 3 plaques

Alexander Herzen 1812-1870 Russian political thinker lived here 1860-1863

1 Orsett Terrace, Westminster, W2, London, United Kingdom where they lived (1860-1863)

Alexander Herzen 1812-1870 operated the Free Russian Press from this building 1854-1856

61 Judd Street, London, United Kingdom where they was

Alexander Herzen Russian political thinker 1812-1870 stayed here in September 1855 with Malwida Von Meysenbug German writer 1816-1903

, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom where they stayed (1855)